The Serum Run: Nome

Robert Forto

Robert Forto

@robertforto | Executive producer and co-host of Dog Works Radio

This is part one of our limited series on the 1925 Serum Run. On this first episode, our host, Alex Stein tells the story of the gold rush village of Nome, Alaska in it’s heyday and up to the point when in 1925 they were in the thralls of a diphtheria epidemic and needed help fast.

In those days, airplanes were still relatively new and unreliable, especially in the extreme cold weather of the north. They needed to find a way to get the life saving serum to Nome and do it fast so they decided on a relay race by dog team.

I am sure you know at least some of the story but we are excited to bring you our first ever long-form story on Mushing Radio, The 1925 Serum Run!

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Host, Robert Forto’s Bio:

Robert is the training director for Alaska Dog Works where they train dogs for canine obedience, working dogs, therapy dogs and service dogs for clients all over North America. He is also a dog musher and he and his wife operate a 40-dog mushing kennel in Willow, Alaska, called Team Ineka. They can often be seen at local races and leading expeditions in the Alaska backcountry with outdoor leadership students at the University of Alaska. Robert is the producer of Dog Works Radio that has been on the air since 2009 and is currently simulcast on a local radio station, KVRF in Palmer, Alaska.

Host, Alex Stein’s Bio:

Alex M. Stein is a writer, documentary filmmaker, and storyteller living in Los Angeles while pining for the Northern Lights. He is the author of the personal essay collection NO, MR. BOND, I EXPECT YOUR DREAMS TO DIE and directed the Iditarod documentary MUSH. He was married in Alaska, above the Arctic Circle, at the northernmost saloon in the world, by the bartender. Alex has been a host on Dog Works Radio since 2012 and he can be heard on our mushing broadcasts and during our annual nightly Iditarod coverage each March. 

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Robert Forto

Robert Forto

@robertforto | Executive producer and co-host of Dog Works Radio

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